Hello Everyone I got a call today asking if I could make a tennis racket cake without using fondant please help!!! I have never done a tennis racket before
I would just carve the shape out of a sheet cake, frost with b/c and then use molded chocolate for the accents(handles and such) or you cold just use all b/c? maybe royal icing for the racket "strings"? I'm sure someone else will be able to help more. If you search the gallery there is a couple of pics that are made out of all b/c
I was looking for some ideas for a tennis themed birthday cake myself and found your post. This is a bit late, but perhaps it might help in the future, or someone else looking for ideas.
This Racquet and Tennis Ball Cake might be simpler than what you are looking for, but I think the general idea will work and one can get as creative as they want with the colors, decorating and piping.
What I finally decided I am going to do (and I tested it with paper so the idea works!) is to bake a 10"round layer and cut a strip (maybe 1 1/2 inches or so) out of the middle.
Bringing the two semi-circles together will give me an oblong shape for the racket part, and then the strip I cut out, put one end, will create the handle. After I ice the whole cake in chocolate (which is what they want) I'll use white decorating icing to pipe on the edging, the strings, a couple of lines down the handle to give it the feeling of shape, and any other decorations that inspire me at the moment.
With this main shape you can do whatever you want. Since a very specific reproduction is not needed here (I'm helping a young person make it for her Mom) I might even suggest to her a few randomly placed bluish violets with a few yellow dots in the middle. Not authentic, but probably pretty.
I was then going to bake a few cupcakes, ice them with smoothed out yellow icing, and pipe on some lines to make them look like tennis balls, and arrange them around the cake.
You probably need something a bit more realistic looking, but the basic shape looks pretty on target (at least when I did it with paper!).